KentuckyOne Health Hosts Educational Seminars to Empower African Americans to Manage Diabetes


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Louisville, Ky. (November 2, 2012)— Jewish Hospital and Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, will host free educational seminars on November 7 and 8 for type 2 diabetes management that address some of the unique needs of African Americans.

African Americans are two times more likely than non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with diabetes. While family history and genetics play a large role, the risk of developing diabetes increases with poor diet, excess body weight and low physical activity levels.  

The seminars cover two topics: Face Your Diabetes 101: The Soul Food Connection will focus on basic diabetes management, health and wellbeing, nutrition and food choices. Face Your Diabetes 201 will focus on healthy eating, including lessons on teaching traditional dishes using healthier ingredients and methods.

The course schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, November 7
 3 p.m.: Face Your Diabetes 101
  5:30 p.m.: Face Your Diabetes 201
 Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital
 Churchman Conference Center, Building A, 1900 Bluegrass Ave

Thursday, November 8
 3 p.m.: Face Your Diabetes 101
  5:30 p.m.: Face Your Diabetes 201
Jewish Hospital, Bottigheimer Auditorium, 200 Abraham Flexner Way

“According the American Diabetes Association, nearly 15 percent of all African Americans 20 years or older have diabetes,” said Valinda Rutledge, CEO of Jewish Hospital and KentuckyOne Health Louisville Market Leader. “With these classes, we’re hoping to help to educate the community and improve overall health through diabetes management.”

Diabetes can lead to a number of health complications including heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage and a variety of other health problems.

“Through a combination of a healthful diet, exercise and medication, most cases of Type 2 diabetes can be effectively managed,” said Norma Mason-Stikes, R.N., consultant, member for the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation.

The seminars are part of Fearless African-Americans Connected and Empowered (F.A.C.E.), a grassroots movement to help African Americans living with type 2 diabetes take positive steps toward living healthier. For more information on F.A.C.E. Diabetes, visit

About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System.

The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has nearly 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with more than 13,600 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana.

KentuckyOne Health is one of the largest health systems in Kentucky with more than 2,325 licensed beds.




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